To be three games into the season and still perfect on the penalty kill may be surprising a little bit… but we put the work into it.
We’ve killed all 15 power plays by working hard- we’re desperate, we’re blocking shots and you usually get results when you do that.
But to be perfect this far is really good and hopefully we can keep it up for a while. Eventually we know the streak is going to end, but we can keep doing the things that have led us to this amount of success and continue that.
Actually, t’s hard to say what’s different this year on special teams from last season.
We have the same core of guys on the penalty killing units and our philosophy has been the same. We usually adjust our mentality depending on who we play - different teams have different breakouts, different setups in the offensive zone - but as far as what we do, it’s been the same.
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|The Buffalo Sabres are one of four NHL teams that have yet to allow a power play goal. Edmonton (5-5), Minnesota (8-8) and Los Angeles (14-14) are also perfect on the PK through Oct. 15. |
I think it comes down to hard work and paying the price.
We’ve actually been rewarded with a couple of short-handed goals as well, which is a bonus, from Thomas Vanek
. You're really just focused on trying to stop the other team from scoring, but when you get a chance to bury the puck, you have the green-light to do that. Guys have been working hard and it’s fun to see when they get rewarded that way.
And goals like that can make all the difference in a game.
Especially in yesterday’s game against the New York Rangers, Vanek’s short-handed goal was a big boost for our team. It basically came down to hard work. He was actually the guy that got the puck out and joined the rush. Paille made a great pass to him but it was product of Vanek’s effort.
We scored two power play goals and one short-handed goal in that game. It came down to our special teams’ beat their’s and we ended up winning. It can win games and it can lose games, but fortunately so far the PK has been good for us.
We want to continue that heading into tomorrow’s game against the Canucks.
Vancouver is playing tonight in Detroit so hopefully we can get on him early. Back-to-back games aren’t easy to play, especially on the road. We want to make this place a tough arena to play in. It comes to do playing simple and working hard and if we can do that, we should continue to have success.
Keeping the streak going wouldn’t hurt either.